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May 2022

  • Dr. Marianne Baernholdt has been named the new dean at the University of Virginia School of Nursing, effective August 1, 2022. She currently serves at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing as the associate dean of global initiatives, the interim dean of research, and a founding director of its Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization-Collaborating Center in Quality and Safety Education in Nursing and Midwifery. She will succeed Dr. Pamela CiprianoRead more >>
     
  • Dr. Bimbola Akintade will be the new dean at the East Carolina University College of Nursing, effective July 1, succeeding Dr. Sylvia Brown, who has led the college as dean since 2009. Dr. Akintade is an associate dean at the University of Maryland School of Nursing and an acute care nurse practitioner in the post anesthesia care and trauma surgical intensive care units at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Read more >>
     
  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has announced Dr. Maria Rodriguez Shirey, associate dean for clinical and global partnerships and inaugural holder of UAB’s Jane H. Brock–Florence Nightingale Endowed Professorship in Nursing, as the next dean of the UAB School of Nursing, effective June 1. She will succeed Dr. Doreen Harper, who led the school for 17 years. Read more >>
     
  • The Purdue University School of Nursing has received a gift of $14 million to endow the headship, contribute toward equipment for the planned nursing and pharmacy education building, create a new endowed scholarship for the accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, and add to their existing scholarship endowments. The gift is from Purdue alumni Mark and Maureen Miller. Read more >>
     
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Nursing alumna Dr. Cheryl E. McRae-Bergeron has given a $5.5 million estate commitment to the school. The endowed scholarship fund will support at least one full-tuition scholarship annually to a student pursuing a DNP in the school’s nurse anesthesia program. The remaining funds will provide half-scholarship awards as available. Read more >>
     
  • Dr. Kathleen Neville, associate dean of graduate studies and research at Seton Hall University College of Nursing, has been awarded a 2022-2023 Fulbright US Scholar Award. Dr. Neville will conduct a mixed-method research investigation exploring nursing students' perceptions of individuals with opioid use disorders. Read more >>
     
  • Dr. Bernadette Melnyk, vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer, and College of Nursing dean at The Ohio State University, received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree during commencement ceremonies at The State University of New York’s Upstate Medical University. The honorary doctorate degree is the highest form of recognition offered by the Board of Trustees of The State University of New York to individuals of exceptional distinction. Read more >>
     
  • Dr. Mary A. Nies, professor at Idaho State University’s School of Nursing, is one of five university faculty members to receive the 2022 Outstanding Research award.  This is the second year in a row that she has received this honor, and she is the first nurse scientist to receive this award. Read more >>
     
  • Marquette University has received a $1 million gift from an alumni couple, Micky and Jennifer Minhas, which will launch an effort to renovate and build an addition for the new home for the College of Nursing in the heart of campus. Read more >>
     
  • The Michigan ELNEC Initiative, funded by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, will help 2,000 nursing students achieve the primary palliative care skills they need to enter professional practice. The ELNEC undergraduate program was developed by experts to facilitate the development of primary palliative care competencies in nursing students. Upon completion, nurses will have the requisite skills to care and advocate for patients with serious illness and their families. For more information, contact Dr. Toni Glover, associate professor and principal investigator, at tglover@oakand.edu.
     
  • HCA Florida Healthcare is partnering with Florida International University (FIU) by donating $1.5 million to help increase recruitment for FIU’s nurse educator programs and expand the number of registered nurses qualified to teach in nursing programs. The gift will fund scholarships to attract eligible students in all programs and support the addition of faculty positions with FIU nursing. Read more >>
     
  • Grand Valley State University Kirkhof College of Nursing and BHSH System have announced the creation of the BHSH Spectrum Health West Michigan Nurse Scholar program, which will establish an opportunity for nearly 500 additional students to pursue a nursing career over the next six years. The health system is investing more than $19 million to provide infrastructure, start-up costs, and resources for increased clinical placements, training, and other support for students in the program. Read more >> 
     
  • Over the next three years, Indiana University (IU) School of Nursing at IUPUI plans to increase undergraduate student enrollment by 50%, thanks to a $16 million gift from IU Health.  As part of the partnership, IU Health also will ensure that new IU nursing students qualifying for clinical rotation are guaranteed placement at an IU Health facility.
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  • Penn State’s Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing is partnering with two Penn State Health hospitals to elevate the quality of care provided to survivors of sexual assault. The two hospitals will enhance support for these patients through secure telehealth technology. Registered nurses in the emergency departments at both hospitals who have completed sexual assault nurse examiner training are joining with the college’s sexual assault forensic examination telehealth systems. Read more >>
     
  • University of Connecticut School of Nursing PhD students Tingting Zhao and Bright Eze have been awarded F31 grants from the National Institute of Nursing Research, which are granted to pre-doctoral students to facilitate their research as they navigate their dissertation work. Zhao’s research studies the impact of pain and stress experienced during a preterm infant’s early life on their neurobehavioral outcomes later in life. Eze is researching the disproportionate burdens of chronic pain for Black individuals compared to non-Hispanic whites. Read more >>

April 2022

  • Dr. Marie T. Nolan has been appointed as the next dean of the Conway School of Nursing at Catholic University. Dr. Nolan presently is the M. Adelaide Nutting Endowed Chair at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. She will assume her new duties in May. Read more >>
     
  • Dr. Seon-Yoon Chung has been selected as the next dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, effective July 1. She currently serves as associate dean and faculty member in the Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University.
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  • Columbia University School of Nursing’s Certificate of Professional Achievement in Transgender Non-Binary (Trans NB) Health Care for Advance Practice Nurses and PAs will welcome its first cohort in September 2022. The program is designed for advanced practice nurses and physician assistants to advance their knowledge and skills to provide quality care to trans NB people. Read more >>
     
  • The University of Portland School of Nursing (UPSON) is changing its name to the School of Nursing and Health Innovations effective July 1. The change is primarily due to the growth of the Integrative Health and Wellness program within UPSON, which was introduced three years ago. Read more >>
     
  • Hartwick College has received approval from the New York Department of Education to offer two new graduate programs: a master’s in nursing education (MSN) and a certificate of advanced study (CAS) in nursing education. The new offerings, which begin in May, are designed to be taken online, with support from experienced faculty mentors. Applicants need to have a BS/BSN and at least a year of experience in the field. Read more >>
     
  • The University of Tennessee, Knoxville College of Nursing has been awarded a $5.5 million grant from the Tennessee Department of Health to increase immunization rates for children and older adults in the state of Tennessee. The project will place 14 registered nurses across the state to provide county-level support to improve the rates of vaccination against COVID-19 and other vaccine-preventable diseases. Read more >>
     
  • Dr. Louise Reagan, an associate professor at the University of Connecticut School of Nursing, has received a grant from the American Diabetes Association for her research on developing a testing app to self-manage diabetes. The grant will help fund the development of a mobile app that can assist those re-entering society from prison with managing their diabetes. Read more >>
     
  • West Virginia Wesleyan College School of Nursing has been awarded $1 million through the state’s Nursing Workforce Expansion Program, which is designed to address the state’s nursing shortage through a multifaceted approach to attract, educate, and retain nurses. Through the award, the school plans to invest in state-of-the-art equipment to improve student experiences, including technology, lab equipment, and transportation to clinical sites. Read more >>

March 2022

  • The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing has received a $125 million gift to establish a tuition-free program to recruit, educate, and deploy nurse practitioners in underserved communities across the country. The gift, the largest ever to an American nursing school, was made by Leonard A. Lauder, a Penn alumnus and chairman emeritus of The Estée Lauder Companies. Read more >>
     
  • Dr. Linda Aiken, the Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor of Nursing and a professor of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, has announced her intention to create the Linda Harman Aiken Chair at the University of Florida (UF) College of Nursing. Dr. Aiken, who earned her BSN and MSN degrees from UF, said she hopes her gift will help UF nurse researchers continue to lead the way in developing innovative care practices, impacting public policy for the greater good. Read more >>
     
  • The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation has launched a new center to enhance access to health care for Texas’ rural communities. The Center for Rural Health and Nursing is funded by a $4 million legislative appropriation by the state of Texas. The funding will support the center’s efforts to improve rural nursing education and the health outcomes of rural populations. Read more >>
     
  • Dr. Brigit Carter with the Duke University School of Nursing will be honored by Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation with an Individual Excellence Award at the Beyond Flexner Alliance Conference on March 28, 2022. This award is given is to recognize outstanding leadership in promoting social mission in health professions education. Dr. Carter’s work has focused on recruiting, admitting, retaining, and supporting under-represented students into nursing. She ushered in holistic admission processes at Duke and accelerated diversity and inclusion efforts across all academic programs while engaging clinical partnerships across the health system.
     
  • The University of Colorado (UC) College of Nursing at Anschutz Medical Campus and Fort Lewis College (FLC) have announced a new partnership to create a four-year undergraduate degree in nursing, bringing the state’s flagship medical institute of higher education to the rural and Indigenous-serving campus of Southwest Colorado. Ushering in a new model of health and collaboration in higher education, FLC and UC are combining hands-on, culturally sensitive, patient-centered health care with the latest trends in medicine. Read more >>
     
  • The University of Houston College of Nursing has received a $550,000 grant from the Burt and Mae Dean Wheeler Foundation to benefit healthcare services for Houston’s homeless population. The college’s Nurse Managed Health Clinic provides services to the area’s homeless and working poor. Nurse practitioners and nurses provide wellness exams, management of acute and chronic conditions, and treatment of minor injuries, colds, and flu. Read more >>
     
  • The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing has received a three-year, $2.2 million grant to work with partners across Nebraska to develop and deploy resources that will promote resiliency and mental health in the nursing workforce. The project includes collaborations with the Nebraska Board of Nursing and the Nebraska Center for Nursing and will be aimed at nursing students, registered nurses, and advanced practice registered nurses, as well as their employers, working in rural and medically underserved areas. Read more >>
     
  • A research team led by faculty at the Boise State University School of Nursing received an American Association of Critical Care Nurses grant for $49,171 to study new methods of preventing pressure injuries in intensive care unit patients. The study will use data science and predictive analytics to improve in-hospital risk assessment procedures. Read more >>

February 2022

  • The School of Nursing at Western Carolina University has received a $2.2 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to provide financial and academic support for nursing students from low-income, first-generation, and minority backgrounds to enhance classroom and workforce diversity. The funding will create a four-year Pathways to Equity in Nursing program, which will provide scholarship and stipend support for up to 25 students per year. Read more >>
     
  • The University at Buffalo (UB) School of Nursing will use a $2.3 million HRSA grant to design a “mindful approach” to reducing burnout and promoting resilience among healthcare workers in rural and underserved areas. The grant supports UB’s Health and Public Safety Workforce Resiliency Training Program. Read more >>
     
  • East Tennessee State University’s (ETSU) College of Nursing recently received a $569,025 HRSA grant that will allow the ETSU Health Community Health Centers to increase and improve services at clinics in Hancock County and Johnson City. The grant is part of the American Rescue Plan funding. Read more >>
     
  • Increasing resiliency and reducing burnout among University of Maine School of Nursing students, faculty, and staff will be the focus of WellNurse, a new initiative made possible by a $1.5 million HRSA award to support and advance health and public safety workforce resiliency training. Read more >>
     
  • Marquette University is teaming up with Froedtert Hospital to shorten orientation for graduating nurses. The program offers one-on-one mentorship with the goal of getting students onto the front lines quicker. Read more >>
     
  • Faculty members from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth College of Nursing & Health Sciences were part of a research team recently awarded a two-year $595,485 grant from the Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts. Their project, titled “Novel Organizational Simulation Training to Improve Graduate’s Mastery & Attitudes (NO STIGMA),” aims to develop an evidence-based toolkit of high-fidelity simulations for undergraduate, masters, and doctoral nursing students to address stigma towards populations with opioid use disorder. Read more >>
     
  • Dr. Roberta Waite will be the next dean at Georgetown University’s School of Nursing. She will begin May 1 as a professor of nursing and then assume her role as dean on July 1. Dr. Waite arrives at Georgetown from Drexel University, where she is a professor of nursing and executive director of the university’s Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services – a nurse-managed community-based organization that provides comprehensive care to thousands of individuals each year. Read more >>
     
  • Dr. Laurie A. Badzek, dean of the Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing at Penn State, has been elected as a Hastings Center fellow in recognition of her work in genomics, ethics, and their intersection with law and patient care; specifically, she champions the ethical use of genomics to optimize patient care. Specializing in bioethics, the Hastings Center is a think tank aiming to answer profound questions that are the result of advancements in health, science, and technology. Read more >>
     
  • A $3 million gift to the University of California, Irvine from the Sue J. Gross Foundation will expand training and education opportunities in the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing. The gift includes $2 million to fund construction of a high-tech, state-of-the-art simulation center for team-based interprofessional exercises and an additional $1 million to establish the Founding Dean Adey Nyamathi Endowment, which will provide nursing PhD scholarships. Read more >>
     
  • Villanova University’s M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing has received another $2.5 million commitment from the Bedford Falls Fund, increasing the fund’s giving to the college over the past year to a total of $5 million. This support will be used to expand the college’s second degree accelerated BSN degree program. Read more >>

January 2022

  • The College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette has received a $600,000 grant from the Helene Fuld Health Trust to fund endowed scholarships for graduate nursing students. Read more >>
     
  • The University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Nursing (UTHSC) and Southwest Tennessee Community College have partnered to guarantee admission to UTHSC’s nursing program for Southwest students who meet requirements. Read more >>
  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has named Dr. Judy Liesveld as dean of the School of Nursing, effective July 2022. Previously, Dr. Liesveld served at the University of New Mexico College of Nursing as interim associate dean of Innovation and Community Outreach, clinical educator, professor, and most recently, as associate dean for Education and Innovation. Read more >>
     
  • Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College has named Dr. Angela Clark the Maxine Clark and Bob Fox president and professor, effective May 1, 2022. She succeeds Dr. Nancy Ridenour, who announced her retirement after serving as president since 2017. Dr. Clark currently serves as interim associate dean and executive director of undergraduate and prelicensure programs at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing, a position she has held since 2019. Read more >>
     
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is funding research led by Dr. Kelly Aldrich, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing associate professor of nursing informatics, to analyze daily hospital personal protective equipment (PPE) on-hand inventory. Dr. Aldrich's research measures trends, patterns, or statistically significant changes in PPE supply in the nation’s nearly 7,000 U.S. hospitals. Read more >>

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